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Representative Matters

  • Represented the New Orleans Saints and related entities in connection with the team's leases for the Mercedes Benz Superdome, the Saints' suburban training facility, and the acquisition and redevelopment of a mixed-use office and retail project adjacent to the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
  • Represented local developer in the acquisition and financing of the Windsor Court Hotel.
  • Represented the seller in the negotiation and sale of a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico to a national conservation organization.
  • Represented a casino operator in real estate acquisition, financing, land use, construction, and development of riverboat casino and related properties throughout Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Bossier City, and Harvey.
  • Represented the developer of the Loews New Orleans Hotel in acquisition, zoning, land use, development, construction, and financing.
  • Represented the developer of the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in New Orleans in acquisition, development and financing.
  • Represented the developer in land acquisition, including acquisitions from multiple public agencies, rezoning, resubdivision, financing, and long term ground leasing of the site to a major national retailer.
  • Represented the owner of the House of Blues building in the French Quarter in acquisition, permitting, leasing, and development.
  • Represented the developer of retail stores throughout Louisiana in land acquisition, development, construction, and financing.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans Board Member and Treasurer.
  • American Bar Association member.
  • Louisiana State Bar Association member.
  • International Council of Shopping Centers member. 
  • Michael has frequently spoken on real estate topics, including an interview on WDSU - TV in New Orleans and seminars conducted by the Louisiana State Bar Association and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Institute on Real Estate.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America 2005 - 2022. 
    • "Lawyer of the Year" New Orleans for Land Use and Zoning Law 2022.
    • "Lawyer of the Year" New Orleans for Construction Law in 2013.
  • Chambers and Partners 2003 - 2021.
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers 2008 - 2021.
  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyer" 2012 - 2020.
  • New Orleans CityBusiness 2011 and 2014 Leadership in Law honoree.

News & Events

Practice areas

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana


Tulane University Law School, magna cum laude, J.D., 1983

  • Order of the Coif
  • Member, Tulane Law Review, 1982-83

Stanford University, B.A. in Political Science, 1980


  • Law clerk to the Honorable Walter Marcus of the Louisiana Supreme Court, 1983-84.
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